ADVENTURE JOURNAL

It’s Good to be Back

Ski Photography by Matt Power


Toward the end of a six month stint abroad there’s always a slow build up of anxiety about going home. I guess for me this became especially apparent because I was coming home to my fourth consecutive winter, on the coattails of a one in ten year winter in Central Patagonia. The uncertainties about another winter season floated antagonistically through my mind as I watched the rain, and even the occasional, rare and illusive snow dampen the streets below my apartment during October.


TJ David, Refugio Frey, Argentina. Photo by Jared Akerstrom

TJ David, Refugio Frey, Argentina. Photo by Jared Akerstrom


Snow in Mar del Plata is something of a rare, mythical event, which we were fortunate to witness one early morning amongst a buzz of fernets and chatter. The photo remained proof of the experience the next morning, although memories were hazy.

Snow in Mar del Plata is something of a rare, mythical event, which we were fortunate to witness one early morning amongst a buzz of fernets and chatter. The photo remained proof of the experience the next morning, although memories were hazy.


Late October presented no signs of winter in Argentina ending, and with no quick way to get back to the mountains, and no great weather windows to make the 14-hour bus ride, some kind of seasonal confusion was certainly setting in. Despite spending more days in my apartment watching the rain than I care to share, the brilliance of nature found ways to connect me back to the mountains, offering solace as myself and the whole of our city awaited the coming of spring.


The brilliance of an evening sunset toward the western part of Mar del Plata, Argentina

The brilliance of an evening sunset toward the western part of Mar del Plata, Argentina


The similarities that connect you to a different place in time. Refugio Frey, Argentina.

The similarities that connect you to a different place in time. Refugio Frey, Argentina.


As signs of winter began building at home in Aspen, Colorado, sometime during early November or late October, signs of spring along the Argentine coast finally began to make their own parallel appearance. As the days passed, and my time away from the mountains grew even more distant, my thoughts jumped between my time exploring the mountains of Central Patagonia and the eagerness to get home and ski.


The opening sky and the changing season. Mar del Plata, Argentina.

The opening sky and the changing season. Mar del Plata, Argentina.


Local artisans on a warm spring day in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Local artisans on a warm spring day in Mar del Plata, Argentina.


As glimmers of spring finally started to emerge intermittently through spring showers, the budding of trees, the coastal greenery contrasted by the blues of the ocean and the surfacing of the local population to seaside gathering points, a new energy was in the air.


Snack time. Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Snack time. Mar del Plata, Argentina.


Signs of summer. Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Signs of summer. Mar del Plata, Argentina.


There is no denying the human spirit and its connection to warm weather. As the days grew longer, they also seem to grow shorter. We lived more in the moment, and the time passed without concern for the past or the future. Patagonia was just a memory, and Aspen a distant thought. We were just simply living.


Summer? Perhaps...

Summer? Perhaps…


Late day light, 7pm on an afternoon in late November. Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Late day light, 7pm on an afternoon in late November. Mar del Plata, Argentina.


Another incredible sunset. The connector that takes us from the city to the mountains and back again. Nature exists everywhere. Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Another incredible sunset. The connector that takes us from the city to the mountains and back again. Nature exists everywhere. Mar del Plata, Argentina.


As quickly as the weather turned from ugly to beautiful on the Argentine coast it was time to leave. 6 hours on a bus. 3 hours in the airport in Buenos Aires. 10 1/2 more on a plane, and a 4 hour layover in Huston. Another 3 1/2 hour flight to Denver, a short 2 1/2 hour wait in the airport and another 5 in a shuttle and I’m finally home. In just a matter of 34 hours, and a quick night sleep I was right off the plane and back into the mix.


First day back! Photo Matt Power

First day back! Photo Matt Power


Incredible views and amazing clouds. Home in the mountains.

Incredible views and amazing clouds. Home in the mountains.


And the moment the snow begins to fall again, you realize nothing has really changed. And all the restlessness of the last few months seems to be for nothing. Everything is right again.


13'' overnight and still falling. Electric energy in the lift line.

13” overnight and still falling. Electric energy in the lift line.


Mattpowerphotography.com Dec 14 2015 TJ David Aspen Mountain 13in Powder day

It’s hard not to smile on mornings like these.
Photo by Matt Power


I truly missed our Aspen trees while I was abroad. Photo by Matt Power

I truly missed our Aspen trees while I was abroad.
Photo by Matt Power


Good to be skiing at home. Photo by Matt Power.

Under the Silver Queen Gondola. T2B anyone? Photo by Matt Power


Mattpowerphotography.com Dec 14 2015 TJ David Aspen Mountain 13in Powder day

Floating through 13” overnight on the new Kästle BMX115. Photo by Matt Power


Mattpowerphotography.com Dec 14 2015 TJ David Aspen Mountain 13in Powder day

Finding a nice hallway through beautifully snow laiden trees. The Kästle BMX115 is nimble enough to get you exactly where you want to go! Photo by Matt Power


Mattpowerphotography.com Dec 14 2015 TJ David Aspen Mountain 13in Powder day

Arcing turns on Aspen Mountain.
Photo by Matt Power


Up for a few more. Photo by Matt Power

Up for a few more.
Photo by Matt Power


Mattpowerphotography.com Dec 14 2015 TJ David Aspen Mountain 13in Powder day

The definition of a face shot.
Photo by Matt Power


One last immersion. Photo by Matt Power.

One last immersion.
Photo by Matt Power.


Big thanks to Matt Power for contributing to this blog post. Please check out more of his work at www.mattpowerphotography.com and @mattpower on instagram

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